New Allegations In Wales Child Abuse Inquiry

An independent investigation examining claims of historical child abuse at children's homes in north Wales has been published.

The report is reported to have found "significant evidence of systemic and serious sexual and physical abuse", according to the BBC.

Investigators in Operation Pallial have said between 1963 and 1992, there is evidence of 140 allegations of historical abuse, while 76 new complainants have also come forward.

The claims centre on 18 children's homes and involve offences against boys and girls between the ages of seven and 19.

A total of 84 individuals have been named – 75 male and nine female. Of these, 16 have been named by more than one complainant, while it is thought up to 10 of the 16 may be deceased.

The report said: "This report reveals that phase one of the investigation has resulted in the collection of significant evidence of systemic and serious sexual and physical abuse of children whilst in care."

Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA), Keith Bristow, has agreed to continue investigations following a request by Mark Polin, the North Wales chief constable.

Home Secretary Theresa May ordered the inquiry following a Newsnight report last November that alleged child abuse in north Wales in the 1970s and 1980s was far more widespread than had previously been investigated.

The investigation involves police officers and staff, primarily from forces in northwest England, supported by members of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP Centre).

By December, it had heard from 105 victims of alleged abuse.


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